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T&T gymnasts score gold in Colombia

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tots and Tumblers gymnasts Zara-Marie Glen, from left, Adriana Housty, Amelia Ahwai, Clifton Mc Dowell (coach), Karessa Kirton, Sidney Charles pose on the Uneven Bars while showing off their medals after topping the event with five gold medals at the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU) Club Cup in Cali, Colombia, recently.

T&T’s Zara-Marie Glen, Sidney Charles, Amelia Ahwai, Karessa Kirton and Adriana Housty stood out among the rest to see Tots and Tumblers Gymnastic Club cop first place All Around medals at the recent Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU) Club Cup in Cali, Colombia.

The five gymnasts also came away with five gold medals on the Uneven Bars, successfully competing against gymnasts representing clubs from the host country, Guatemala, Argentina, Bolivia and El Salvador.

Phenomenal bar routines by each Tots & Tumblers’ gymnast proved too much for the other competitors with every one of the local gymnasts securing first place on Bars bringing a smile on Bar and head coach, Clifton Mc Dowell, who was proud of each of his young gymnasts performances.

In Level One, nine-year-old Glen was first place All Around in the 8-9 age group with a great score of 44.450. Glen placed third on Vault, first on Uneven Bars, first on Beam and second on Floor Exercise.

Glen has had a phenomenal year moving through USA Gymnastics (USAG) Levels Four and Five and now PAGU Level One with ease and success, both locally and internationally. The PAGU Club Cup was the icing on the cake for this dynamic gymnast.

Charles, who showed much potential for the future, was first place All Around in the 10-11 age group with a score of 44.000. Sidney had first place finishes on Bars and Floor, she was third on Beam and fifth on Vault.

The quietly confident Ahwai delivered strong routines to top the All Around in the 12-13 age group with a score of 44.500. Ahwai placed first on Bars, second on both Beam and Floor and third on Vault. Amelia is .
In Level Two, strong competitor Kirton placed second All Around with a score of 42.075 with her best finish being gold on the Uneven Bars adding to a successful year both locally, and now internationally.

Housty, another young and strong gymnast with a very bright future, was third All Around with a score of 40.325. Housty tied with Kirton for the gold medal on the Uneven Bars.

The event was held under the umbrella of the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG), the world governing body for gymnastics.

Tots and Tumblers’ coaches Mc Dowell and Michelle Frankland were very impressed with the organisation of the prestigious event. Each gymnast was subjected to a four-judge panel for each routine.

The gymnasts and coaches also benefited from two days of training camp which was facilitated by high-level FIG coaches from Colombia and Argentina.


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